Behind The Scenes of Halloween Horror Nights 9

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Rally showing application of mask special effects for Serpentine Spirit

Uncover the secrets and theatrical magic happening behind the scenes of Halloween Horror Nights 9 in this exclusive backstage photo tour!

Halloween Horror Nights 9 Behind The Scenes

Earlier this month, I had an exclusive opportunity to tour two of this year’s haunted houses, Curse of The Naga and The Chalet Hauntings, and meet the park’s creative team producing Halloween Horror Nights 9 to learn more about this year’s event.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Creative Team Del Waheedah Michele Claire Rally

Some members from Universal Studios Singapore’s Halloween Horror Nights 9 creative team (from left to right): Del Wynegar (Show Director), Waheedah Osman (Project Director), Michele Klyne (Assistant Project Director), Claire Loh (Costume Director), and Rally San Mateo (Hair & Make-up Supervisor, Creative Costuming).

Halloween Horror Nights 9 Themes and Icons

The session started with an introduction of this year’s new themes, which were created with guests’ feedback in mind. Many fans surveyed have asked to see the return of clowns, dolls and regional ghost stories. So now you know what to do if you have a wishlist for HHN10.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Icon Costumes Undertaker from Dead End

The Undertaker rules the Dead End, a realm between the living and the dead. With a raven-like appearance, this death reaper harvests souls by gouging eyes from fresh corpses.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Icon Costumes Savage from Death Fest

Also known as the ‘God of Destruction’, Savage is the lead singer of the Death Trap band. As a death metal star, he sports sleeve tattoos and has greasy long hair. The Death Fest scare zone will be filled with much of his fans, celebrating his release from Hell Block 9 with a death metal music fest like no other. Savage will also be part of the Death Fest LIVE procession – a parade around the park.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Icon Costumes Langsuir from The Chalet Hauntings

The terrifying Langsuir is the star spectre at The Chalet Hauntings. Unlike the Pontianak, she is much more vicious and swift – her outfit is cut tighter and shorter, exposing more skin, and is far more shredded. She also has longer nails and teeth. Beware.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Icon Costumes Executioner Hell Block 9 Yumi Spirit Dolls Rusty The Clown

We’ve also met the other icons at roadshows, such as the Executioner – a once-corrupt cop turned ruthless warden of Hell Block 9. Note his skeletal face and lean, muscular build.

On the right is Ring Leader Rusty, a very motivated educator (spot the tie!) who aspires to groom, and torture, students into the best killer clowns at the Twisted Clown University.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Icon Costumes Yumi Spirit Dolls closeup

Yumi is an evil spirit residing in Spirit Dolls, a haunted house set in a Japanese village filled with life-sized dolls. After she died, Yumi’s parents attempted to bring her back by using black magic and stuffing her corpse into a doll which looks like her. Unfortunately, it backfired. Now in the form of a vengeful doll, she cursed the entire village to share the same fate.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Creative Costuming showcase Curse of the Naga masks and accessories

There were also several masks and costume tech on display. Some of these are used in the Curse of The Naga.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Creative Costuming showcase Killjoy from Twisted Clown University

Elements of a twisted clown…

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Creative Costuming showcase Spirit Dolls grandmother

Cursed dolls, that are a lot scarier than those in the real-life village.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Creative Costuming showcase Spirit Dolls villager adult

We’re missing one particular icon in this article so far, and that’s because…

Creating the Serpentine Spirit

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Makeup for Curse of the Naga Serpentine Spirit clean face

Rally, from Universal Studios Singapore’s Hair, Make-up and Creative Costuming unit, explained the various mediums and techniques used at this year’s HHN event.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Makeup Special effects showcase

To bring the park’s ensemble of scary characters to life, a staggering variety of masks and special effects makeup techniques are created and used by the park. This year will see an increase in temporary tattoo application – notably at Death Fest and Hell Block 9 – for obvious reasons. There will also be a clown with tattoos in Twisted Clown University.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Makeup for Curse of the Naga Serpentine Spirit

The Serpentine Spirit is a new icon created by Universal Studios Singapore and Thai horror film directors Parkpoom Wongpoom and Paween Purijitpanya.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Makeup for Curse of the Naga Serpentine Spirit closeup

For this particular Serpentine Spirit, elaborate makeup techniques were used to create her supernatural appearance, with scales covering her entire body. It is a time-consuming process. Her upper body is covered with manually applied tattoos. I only got to see the middle portion of the process, such as the application and blending of the foam latex prosthetic mask.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Creative Costuming sketches for Serpentine Spirit

Serpentine Spirit’s costumes were produced by a vendor in Thailand. The fabrics also came from Thailand, enhancing the authenticity of the dancer’s dress. Snakes coil around the bodice, completing the look.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Makeup for Curse of the Naga Serpentine Spirit complete

The next step is to apply her fangs, golden crown and the traditional brass nail extensions.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Makeup chair time for Serpentine Spirit


Now you get to enjoy these rare lights-on photos from two of this year’s haunted houses.

Behind The Scenes at The Chalet Hauntings

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes The Chalet Hauntings backstage tour with Michele Klyne

Michele, Assistant Project Director of Halloween Horror Nights 9, showed my media group around The Chalet Hauntings and explained: “For Singaporean teenagers, (staying at chalets) is a rite of passage. They spend the night telling ghost stories, playing the spirit coin games, and invariably someone gets possessed…”

If you’ve been to the real one, then this house’s facade is pretty unsettling to look at. “We wanted to pick a Colonial-style chalet because we thought that would be a lot creepier.” Michele also shared that to heighten the overall creepiness of this haunted house, quite a number of the scare effects can’t actually be seen.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes The Chalet Hauntings lights on tour with Michele Klyne

At this particular chalet, a group of teenagers checked in and then mysteriously vanished overnight. Now you – as a curious passerby – will go under the police tape… and try to solve the mystery. During event nights, the chalet will be very dark when you enter. Scattered lights, from flashlights, can be seen tracing around the living room – as if you’re exploring the house holding it.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes The Chalet Hauntings backstage tour with Michele Klyne Ouija Board

The TV flickers on, filling the chalet with white noise. Add the sounds of teenagers playing the spirit coin game. Furniture in the room begin to move by itself.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes The Chalet Hauntings backstage tour with Michele Klyne Portal scene

During your (mis)adventures inside, you’ll learn that the teenagers have somehow opened a portal into another realm – and that is drawing all the supernatural creatures and ghosts to this chalet.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes The Chalet Hauntings backstage tour with Michele Klyne Return to Living Room

You’ll have to visit this chalet to find out what happens next.

See more paranormal activity at The Chalet Hauntings SNEAK PEEK article.


Behind The Scenes at Curse of The Naga

The Curse of The Naga house is this year’s most elaborate haunted house. Waheedah, Project Director of Halloween Horror Nights 9, shared with me much insights on the work that has gone into making the story come alive.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour market back alley

Collaborating with the Thai film directors marked a new creative process for the team at Universal Studios Singapore. The initial story concept from the directors came in the form of a script. The creative team had to break it down into physical spaces, and put together elements that could tell the story. They then had to create a scene-by-scene treatment showing how each scene would be designed and built, and how the scares would work.

At the start, guests will be transported to the alleys of a night market in Thailand – one that resembles the narrow lanes in Chatuchak market. Designers from the park’s creative team went to Thailand for research, and also to procure props and materials for scenic design in this house.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour jungle scene with HHN9 Project Director Waheedah Osman

Over 80% of the props used in this house are bought overseas – from the spirit houses, candles, outfits and ornate accessories. In this jungle scene, visitors will see several spirit houses decorated with flowers and small items, and cloth bands tied on the trees.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour underground cave detail

“The Naga is a well-known creature in Thailand, with several movies and TV stories about her. She is a protective spirit that can also become a destructive force if you cross her. For our haunted house, it’s a story about Man versus Nature. Essentially what would happen if we keep consuming.”

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour village scene with HHN9 Project Director Waheedah Osman

The burned down village scene shows consequences of angering the Naga.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour village scene with guests

With the work lights on during the tour, I could see the details that has gone into the scenic design. It transforms into an immersive world with the show lights and full effects, and much consideration is also put into planning the scares. In every room there are well-placed props to distract guests, making the scare actors’ performance much more effective when they catch guests off guard.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour stunt corridor

If going through dramatic environments aren’t enough, you can look forward to some stunts in this house.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour blood letting corridor

In the scenes that follow, the power of the curse intensifies: Blood is drained in the Bloodletting Corridor, and the brave ones that have survived will become the next sacrifice at Naga’s Temple.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour temple gate scene

The fiery encounter with Naga is created with a projection wall, the largest USS has ever done indoors, set within an elaborate Temple chamber that includes massive pillars and snakes all over the props.

USS HHN9 Sneak Preview Behind The Scenes Curse of The Naga House Day Tour inside naga temple lights on tour

Transport yourself to the Thailand now at my Curse of the Naga SNEAK PREVIEW article.

There is no Behind The Screams (BTS) for Halloween Horror Nights 9, but there are good news: If you have daytime park admission, you can join the ‘Curse of The Naga’ House Day Tour to see all of the scenes in this haunted house yourself, with the lights on, and without performers.

HHN9 ‘Curse of The Naga’ House Day Tour

For the first time, Universal Studios Singapore is opening up a haunted house during the day for park guests to visit on a guided walkthrough tour. Tickets will be sold on-site at the park. Tours are available from 12PM till 4PM on dates with HHN9 event nights, and from 12PM till 6PM on non-event days, except on Wednesdays.

Category Price
Halloween Horror Nights 9 ‘Curse of The Naga’ Daytime Haunted House Tour
Enjoy a guided tour through the Curse of the Naga haunted house. Daytime park admission required.
$10
Halloween Horror Nights 9 ‘Curse of The Naga’ Daytime Haunted House Tour for USS Passholders
Universal Studios Singapore Annual and Season Passholders may purchase tour tickets at half price! Simply buy your tickets at the entrance of Curse of the Naga during the day.
$5

Special Thanks to Resorts World Sentosa


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